Monday, April 4, 2011
Farm Subsidies and Obesity
At Good, Robert Paarlberg argues against the popular belief that federal farm subsidies contribute to obesity in America. Paarlberg says that most farm subsidies actually increase the price of foods, and that the argument that unsubsidized healthy foods have increased in price relative to unhealthy, processed foods is untrue. Therefore, food subsidies can't be blamed for American's poor diets and resulting health woes. It's a well-written, well-researched piece - definitely food for thought (ahem) about the causes of unhealthy diets in America and what should be done about them.